2015-10-21 / Front Page

114th Precinct Cops Rescue Four From House Fire

By Liz Goff
Police officials and the Astoria community are heralding the heroic efforts of five Astoria police officers who risked their own lives to save four men trapped inside a blaze at a home on 28th Street.

Cops said the officers, from the 114th Precinct, were first to arrive at the scene of the blaze at a two-story, brick house at 23-44 28th Street at about 2:25 p.m. on October 12.

Police officials said “it was immediately clear” that at least two people were trapped inside the burning building.

“The officers heard two men screaming for help, but all access to the building was cut off by the flames and smoke. “So they kicked in a window air conditioner and climbed into the house through the opening,” the officials said

The cops battled heavy smoke inside the house and managed to pull two men to the street, fire officials said. Two remaining occupants were able to flee the blaze on their own, fire officials said.

A total of 12 units with 60 firefighters battled the blaze for more than 45 minutes until it was declared under control, fire officials said. Two firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and four others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, fire officials said.

The residents, who lived in two separate apartments at the house, suffered smoke inhalation and minor injuries. They were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, fire officials said.

The five officers also suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene, police officials said.

A wheelchair bound resident who was rescued by the cops was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Red Cross officials who arrived at the scene said the residents did not require temporary shelter or other services.

Fire officials said the building suffered extensive damage. The blaze has been ruled suspicious, pending the outcome of an investigation by fire marshals, FDNY officials said.

“This is just one more example of NYPD officers putting themselves in danger to help save their fellow New Yorkers,” police officials said. “This type of extreme action is second nature to New York City police officers.”

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